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In my math and physics classes, half the students are seeing or have seen psychologists because of depression.

Based on my experiences I feel that there is a huge correlation between logical people doing, maths, physics, informatics, programming, computer game making and depression.

Is this just a personal opinion or is it more widespread? Does anybody have an explanation for this?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by honi, Seanny123, jona, AliceD, Steven Jeuris Jan 15 '16 at 10:33

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    $\begingroup$ do you have any evidence of this or is it entirely anecdotal? $\endgroup$ – honi Jan 12 '16 at 22:44
  • $\begingroup$ hum, this is a constatation that I made by seeing and comparing student in my school and in other school, and people in general $\endgroup$ – n0tis Jan 12 '16 at 22:47
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    $\begingroup$ Because this question is based off your personal experience it is considered off-topic. However, if you were to change it to generally asking if those with more logic-based employment are depressed, it would be a reasonable question. $\endgroup$ – Seanny123 Jan 13 '16 at 3:38
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    $\begingroup$ Only it it were shown that "more logic-based employees" actually are depressed. $\endgroup$ – jona Jan 13 '16 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ @n0tis: "Our work shows that the price of higher intelligence and more complex behaviours is more mental illness." cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/5333/… $\endgroup$ – Greg McNulty Dec 3 '16 at 21:51
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Overall, based on my limited research it appears there is no evidence that people who are more logical are more likely to experience depression. There is a theory that people who see the world more accurately (of which rationality would be a component) are more likely to become depressed. It is called depressive realism {1}. However, the theory doesn't seem to be well researched or supported.

Rather that high levels of logical thinking supporting depression it may well be that factors that predict logical thinking also predict depression. One of these is introversion which, based on some research {e.g., 2}, may be correlated with intelligence (which is related to logical thought) and appears to be correlated with depression {3}.

Also, and this is just my opinion, I think that it is possible that the relationship that between maths, physics and programming students and depression might actually be explained by link between introversion and depression as all of these types of careers are probably more commonly associated with introverts.

References

{1} Ackermann, R. and R. J. DeRubeis (1991). "Is depressive realism real?" Clinical psychology review 11(5): 565-584.

{2} Furnham, A., et al. (1998). "Personality and intelligence." Personality and Individual Differences 24(2): 187-192.

{3} Janowsky, D. S., et al. (2002). "Myers Briggs Type indicator personality profiles in unipolar depressed patients." The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry 3(4): 207-215.

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